Enjoy the latest official blog post courtesy of Lucasfilm’s own Queen of Star Wars Celebration, Mary Franklin (and just look at that quartet of dashing costumed fans posing in this photo…)

For international Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!), costumed fans from all over Italy traveled to Rome to help stage spectacular photos on the weekend of this fan-inspired holiday. With the help of a TIE fighter and her crew from Germany, Imperials, and Rebels and Jedi gathered at the Coliseum to give visiting tourists and local fans sights they will never forget.

Sent to Rome to lend a hand if I could, I captured some behind-the-scenes images of the prep and the pageant that was May the 4th in Rome, 2014.

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Justin LaSalata
Located in New York with his wife Dianna, Justin LaSalata is the US Editor of Jedi News responsible for reporting on all areas of Star Wars related news as well as coverage from NY Comic Con and Toy Fair NY.